'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Down Sharply from Wednesday, But Still #1 on Thursday with $9.96MDecember 19, 2014 12:55 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $9.96 million on Thursday. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a sharp 59 percent from Wednesday's performance. The large daily percentage decline on Thursday isn't the greatest initial sign going forward, though it should be noted that such a large percentage of Wednesday's reported gross coming from Tuesday night shows does inflate Thursday's percentage decrease a bit. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers fell 47 percent on its first Thursday to gross $13.88 million. With a two-day start of $34.41 million, The Battle of the Five Armies is running 14 percent behind the $40.04 million take of The Two Towers. At its current pace, The Battle of the Five Armies appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $85 million.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Exodus: Gods and Kings placed in second for the week (behind The Battle of the Five Armies) with a seven-day start of $30.84 million. While that was on the low end of pre-release expectations, the film is off to an underwhelming start with its price tag in mind and has been displaying early signs of being significantly front-loaded for a December release.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $1.09 million to remain in third. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise increased 6 percent over Wednesday and was down a healthy 24 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in third for the week with $17.28 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to $281.48 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is now $18.52 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the day with $0.502 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 9 percent from Wednesday and down only 2 percent from last Thursday. Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the week with $9.11 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 23-day total to an underwhelming $60.65 million.

Paramount's Top Five continued to claim sixth place with $0.439 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Top Five rounded out the week's top five with a seven-day start of $8.89 million, which was on the low end of expectations. The film will be playing in 1,307 locations this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Sat, May. 9 2009

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, May. 9 2009LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Star Trek$27,248,2621%3,849--$7,079$58,142,8681Paramount
2X-Men Origins: Wolverine$11,231,69035%4,1023$2,738$122,173,4022Fox
3Ghosts of Girlfriends Past$3,971,87225%3,1750$1,251$26,939,2122Warner Bros. / New Line
4Obsessed$2,710,30830%2,60288$1,042$54,432,9853Sony / Screen Gems
517 Again$1,792,02940%2,903-352$617$52,835,0524Warner Bros. / New Line
6The Soloist$1,566,03557%2,09057$749$22,460,0693Paramount / DreamWorks
7Next Day Air$1,507,7347%1,138--$1,325$2,918,7841Summit
8Monsters vs. Aliens$1,454,264115%2,185-441$666$185,651,4327Paramount / DreamWorks
9Hannah Montana: The Movie$1,016,31670%2,301-518$442$73,279,5325Disney
10Earth (2009)$966,90543%1,794-10$539$25,238,8613Disneynature